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22 Aug. 2016 Blue Sky founder to retire as profits grow [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Mark Sowerby, the founder and managing director of Blue Sky Alternative Investments, will retire at the end of September after ten year
22 Aug. 2016 Australian hedge funds outperform but still underappreciated [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Kim Ivey, co-founder of Hedge Funds Rock and The Australian Hedge Fund Awards, said that the Australian hedge fund industry is still looking to get attention as they battle local super fund’s preference to look offshore for alternative investments. Speaking ahe
19 Aug. 2016 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 1.99% in July (+2.99% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 1.99% in July according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year to date, the Index is up 2.66%. “The confluence of post-Brexit central bank accommodation, positive Q2 earnings, and signs of a strengthening US economy sup
19 Aug. 2016 Chinese hedge funds fell in first seven months of 2016, but still beat benchmark [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: China-focused hedge funds declined in the first seven months of 2016 but still beat their benchmark by a margin of almost 10% for the year. Data tracker Eurekahedge said that Greater China-focused hedge funds fell 4.70% as of end July, beating the CSI 300 Index, whi
19 Aug. 2016 UCITS HFS Index bounces back, up 0.75% in July [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The UCITS HFS Index has bounced back in July with gains of 0.75% after a drawdown in June due to the market turmoil that surrounded the Brexit vote. The broad index started strongly into the month with a positive performance of 0.32% after the first full week of tra
18 Aug. 2016 iAnthus Capital appoints Devra Karlebach, former hedge fund & technology executive, to advisory board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iAnthus Capital Management, LLC, which delivers a comprehensive solution for financing and managing licensed cannabis cultivators, processors and dispensaries throughout the United States, has announced that Devra Karlebach has been appointed to the Company's Advi
18 Aug. 2016 LatAm hedge funds surge in 1H to +24.4%, emerging markets assets rise [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds investing in Latin America posted strong gains through mid-2016, reversing declines in four of the past five years, including the last three years, to lead all areas of hedge fund performance through the first half of 2016, according to the latest HFR Em
18 Aug. 2016 Circuit Court affirms SEC’s expanded views on backtested performance [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: From K&L Gates: On August 9, 2016, in the first court decision directly interpreting and addressing the use of backtested performance by an investment adviser, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declined a petition for review of the d
18 Aug. 2016 Northern Trust expects single digit returns for alternatives over next five years [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Slow economic growth and persistent low interest rates will be the main factors driving single-digit investment returns over the next five years, according to
17 Aug. 2016 iCapital Network solidifies product and technology teams with key senior hires [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iCapital Network, an online platform that provides streamlined access to alternative investments, has announced the addition of three senior technology professionals to help the organization further evolve its leading-edge capabilities for high-net-worth investors and the
17 Aug. 2016 Kevin O'Donnell joins Adams Street Partners as global head of business development and investor relations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Adams Street Partners has announced that Kevin O'Donnell will join the firm on August 29 as a Partner and Global Head of Business Development and Investor Relations, as well as a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Mr. O'Donnell joi
17 Aug. 2016 Chinese regulators approve Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong’s Securities and Future Commission and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) have announced the approval, in principle, of the
16 Aug. 2016 Ropes & Gray makes key addition to private investment funds and asset management practice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global law firm Ropes & Gray today announced that Amanda Persaud has joined the private investment funds practice as a partner in the firm’s 300-lawyer New York office. Ms. Persaud’s practice focuses on the formation, fundraising and operation of private
16 Aug. 2016 Alternative investment industry weighs in on the presidential election [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The U.S. presidential race has already dominated the news for well over a year and will undoubtedly continue to do so long after the final votes are cast on November 8th. Beyond predicting who will triumph, Wall Street, along with much of the world, is focused on what the
16 Aug. 2016 Foundry Partners acquires Arbor Capital Management team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Foundry Partners, will be adding to their Minneapolis office with an acquisition of the growth team from Arbor Capital Management. The Arbor team brings approximately $200 million in assets under management on behalf of institutional and family trust clients primarily
16 Aug. 2016 Franklin Square Capital Partners consolidates brands under FS Investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Franklin Square Capital Partners, a leading alternative asset manager, today announced that it is consolidating its brands under FS Investments. The firm’s name is now FS Investments and its affiliated broker-dealer, FS2 Capital Partners, is FS Investment Solutions. The t
16 Aug. 2016 SEC files fraud charges against hedge fund in scheme involving terminally ill [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against a hedge fund manager and his firm accused of paying terminally ill individuals to use their names on purportedl
16 Aug. 2016 Activist hedge fund ValueAct acquires 2% stake in Morgan Stanley [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Activist investor ValueAct Capital has bought a $1.1bn stake (38 million shares or 2% of outstanding shares) in investment bank Morgan Stanley. Despite the bank's falling shares, the hedge fund likes its shift to asset-light, fee based businesses. M
15 Aug. 2016 Hedge funds mark fifth consecutive month of gains in July, small funds outperform [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund industry posted overall returns of 2.17% in July, marking the largest cumulative period of positive performance since May 2013, with the industry returning 6.96% since the beginning of March, data provider
15 Aug. 2016 Liquidations of Chinese hedge funds reach record level on poor performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Despite efforts by the Chinese communist regime to open up its hedge fund business to foreign entities, poor market performance and stringent rules have forced a record number of fund managers to liquidate their funds in the first six months of this year. Data r
12 Aug. 2016 Investors' claims for unpaid redemption proceeds in wind up of Cayman Islands investment funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - From international law firm Walkers: Refinement regarding the priority to be afforded to investors' claims for unpaid redemption proceeds in the winding up of Cayman Islands investment funds A recent judgment of the Cayman Islands Court of Ap
12 Aug. 2016 High-performing Australian hedge funds get attention from international investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: You really can’t argue with success. After years of being overlooked in favor of their more high-profile Western peers and the nation’s $2.4tln pool of superannuation savings, Australian hedge funds are finally having their day and are attracting the attention of in
12 Aug. 2016 San Francisco hedge fund manager charged with fraud [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The San Francisco-based principal of a little-known hedge fund is being charged with securities and wire fraud in a Manhattan Federal Court, following a complaint from the SEC. He allegedly lied about investment returns, assets under management (AuM), his bro
11 Aug. 2016 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for July 2016 measures 1.83% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for July 2016 measured 1.83%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.69% in August. “SS&C GlobeOp’s Capital Movement Index r
11 Aug. 2016 LME to launch gold and silver contracts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The World Gold Council and the London Metal Exchange (LME), together with Goldman Sachs, ICBC Standard Bank, Morgan Stanley, Natixis, OSTC and Societe Generale, has announced their intention to introduce a suite of exchange-traded and centrally-cleared precious metals pro
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Listed diversified banking group Mediobanca SpA said it has acquired a majority stake in Geneva-based hedge fund firm RAM Active Investments SA (RAM AI), an active and alternative asset manager offering a range of act

  2. Launches - Ex-BlueCrest team to open over $200m hedge fund, Greg Coffey, a hedge fund star who retired at 41, is eyeing a comeback, Brevan Howard plans Greek funds as bond rally signals revival[more]

    Ex-BlueCrest team to open over $200m hedge fund From Bloomberg.com: A team of traders who left BlueCrest Capital Management earlier this year raised more than $200 million for their own hedge fund focused on Asian stocks, according to a person familiar with the matter. Ovata Capital Manag

  3. North America - Miami could attract hedge funds if SALT deductions axed[more]

    From Law360.com: For years, inertia has been Nitin Motwani's greatest foe in his attempts to lure hedge fund owners in the northeast to Miami, which he has pitched as a tropical low-tax paradise. But with the Republican tax bill proposing to eliminate deductions for state and local taxes, he's sensi

  4. Northleaf Capital Partners closes debut private credit fund on $670M[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Northleaf Capital Partners has closed its debut private credit fund - Northleaf Private Credit I - on $670 million. The vehicle will invest in private credit transactions in Europe and North America, with a primary focus on lending to private equity-backed compa

  5. ...And Finally - The ongoing gun saga in the U.S.[more]

    From Newsoftheweird.com: As elder members of the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, gathered on Nov. 16 to discuss the recent church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, one of those present asked if anyone had brought a gun to church. One man spoke up and said he c